Prison condemned over neglect

HMP Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight has been described as a ‘troubled institute’ by the chief inspector of prisons after a report found a litany of problems. One disabled prisoner was unable to wash property for more than a year because staff refused to take him to the showers, while for another disabled offender it was six months because there was a lack of staff trained to push his wheelchair. The report has also said prisoners were poorly supervised by staff, violence was endemic and there was widespread abuse of prescription drugs.